sisyphus12 (99) - Belmont, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark dark almost bloodred in color pours smoothly into my glass. A real pleasant beer to drink. Well-balanced and heaty this beer did not disappoint. Smooth aftertaste with a malty fruit finish. Great beer
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - AUG 24, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was almoat all I expected from this beer. My only complaint is that the 11.3% alcohol made itself too evident in the aroma throughout, masking the hints of fruit I detected. Poured to a brownish color with thick tan head that lingered, then left very good lacing. Taste was very good dark fruit, and the finish was as smooth as almost any beer Iíve had. This was my first quad to rate, but it definitely will not be my last.
SSSteve (3902) - - AUG 22, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 15, 2008 deep murky ruby brown. a few yeast floaters in there. thin creamy off-white head. pleasant but restrained dark fruit and caramel aroma. dark fruits and brown sugar dominate flavor. i also notice a slight plastic flavor. 4/15/08 - a dark murky brown ale with a large creamy tan head. plum and raisin and dark fruit aroma. flavor is dark fruit, cherry cough medicine, brown sugar, caramel.
grandridge (224) - Port Clinton, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is my first post so it might be a little high/low. I thought this beer was the best abbey beer Iíve ever tried, honestly. It poured rich and dark with amber highlites in the light. I was expecting a strong alcohol flavor after and during drink (11.3%), but the alcohol was masked nicely with the complex flavor of the beer. The palate was the highlight for this beer for me. I thought that the beerwas rich and creamy and when combined with the carbonated finish, this beer goes down very smooth.
Finn (4642) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - AUG 22, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 0,33l. Mahogany colour. A off-white creamy head that slowly dwindled. A cautious spicy aroma. Lots of taste: Caramel. Spices. Roastedness. A looong aftertaste with a sourish bitterness. Well balanced and the alcohol is quite well hidden.
vyvvy (4533) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours dark brown with a nice tan head. Aromas has dark Belgium sugar, hefty Belgium malt presence, some earthiness and some spice. Very thick aroma, but not cloying. Thick mouthfeel with sharper than expcected carbonation. Taste has lots of dark malt, dark sugar and generous earthiness. As it warms further dark fruits getting even more dominant as well as a spice aspect and some anise. Finish has sharp carbonation then spiciness from the hops mixing with the thick malt. Further down the malt takes some caramel aspects. Excellent beer.
MaBeer1972 (1399) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is SO big and chewy! The alcohol is really hidden well. Complex woody flavors. Malty - somewhat dry/tart aftertaste however, hence the deduction on palate and overall. Still impressive. Not an everyday drinker, obviously.
optemoz (171) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Let me just say... GREAT BEER! Pours a lovley brown .. almost black with red hints in the light.. Smell is a sweet maltiness..plum with light alcohol notes.. Flavor is fruity and sweet malts.. alcohol is barly present for an 11% IMO... this is a wonderful beer... def buy this if your into brew
jhliesen (759) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - AUG 20, 2006
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Bottle-Just great, I mean great--Iím sure Iíll just duplicate the 1000 other reveiwers. Good frothy head with sediments found in it. The color of the beer was almost the color of raisins, but a bit darker. The aroma had loads of fruit, especially plum. The taste, well it was perfect, with no notice of the alcohol.
swiseman (440) - Fredericton, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 20, 2006
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
aroma has hints of red wine; nice light brown - dark amber tones with heavy carbonation. initial alcohol taste, but malt flavour quickly takes over including milk chocolate, molasses and hazelnut overtones. definitely for sipping and not for the faint of heart.